I'm Worth it
And Nigel promises to see out his contract
Published 12/01/2008 | 10:45
Nigel Worthington will lead out Northern Ireland for two friendlies against Bulgaria next month and Georgia in March - and he insists he's worth every penny.
Worthington has negotiated a handsome pay rise from the Irish FA and news of his new two-year deal will be confirmed next week.
Details regarding ticket sales for the two Nationwide Internationals will also be announced next week.
Northern Ireland will face Bulgaria on February 6 and Georgia on March 26 at Windsor Park. Both games have a 7.45pm kick-off.
Worthington's new deal will take him to the end of the 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign.
The former Norwich City supremo said he felt " no pressure" at becoming the highest paid manager in Northern Ireland's history and he said he would not walk away from the job like his predecessor Lawrie Sanchez.
"I'm delighted - with some good results and a little bit of luck I may even extend my stay.
"The contract is being drawn up and hopefully it will be sealed next week. The money is not a factor and I'm still a long way behind Fabio Capello with England. What I've asked for is a fair day's pay for a fair day's work and the IFA know they are going to get commitment in abundance.
"These things take a bit of time but we got there in the end and everyone is happy with the deal.
"I will be fully committed to the cause - I will enjoy the work and I'm looking forward to it.
"There have been clauses mentioned, more from the IFA point of view, which I can understand.
" They want to cover their back after the last scenario (with Sanchez) which I understand.
"So there's a situation in there, for whatever reason, but I don't see any reason why I should be leaving prior to that two years."
A meeting to discuss the fixture schedule for the World Cup qualifying series is scheduled to take place on Tuesday.